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Youngest College of Marin Transfer Student Earns Highest GPA

Scholarship Awards Ceremony to present 102 students with $56,225

Kentfield, CA—May 23, 2011–Brian Wheaton, 17, the youngest College of Marin student transferring this fall to a four-year university, earned the highest grade point average this year among transfer students. He will be among more than 100 students honored Friday at the annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony.

“I study a lot,” said Wheaton who earned a 4.0 and tutored other students in economics and statistics throughout his two years at College of Marin. “They say you should study two to three hours per unit. I probably do three to four hours. I like to make sure I have all the information and take notes on everything I read.”

EVENT:  The Scholarship Awards Ceremony and Reception
WHEN: Friday, May 27 at 5 p.m.
WHERE: College of Marin Student Center, Kentfield Campus

 
For his exceptional academic achievement, Wheaton will be honored with the Irwin P. Diamond Outstanding Graduate Award, named after the late former college president who came to College of Marin as a young coach in 1947 and went on to serve as the eighth superintendent/president of the college from 1981 to 1984.
 
Each year, the award is presented to a transfer student and a vocational student. Rosemarie Bergquist, who is graduating from the Medical Assisting program, will be receiving the Diamond award as well.
 
Wheaton will also receive the Rachel Shiner Award, an honorarium for College of Marin’s youngest students. Rachel Shiner attended College of Marin from the age of 11 to 15, transferring to Reed College 12 years ago. She went on to earn a post graduate degree from the University of Cardiff in Wales and completed a dissertation last year.  
 
The award is meant to give a boost to bright young students who benefit more from the intellectually appropriate educational community at College of Marin than they would from a middle school or high school environment, said Dan Shiner, Rachel’s father. “Rachel found it a challenging and interesting environment.”
 
Wheaton will be transferring to UC Berkeley in the fall. He hopes to major in economics and attend graduate school.
 
This year, 102 students are receiving 142 awards and scholarships totaling $56,225. David Wain Coon, Ed.D., College of Marin superintendent/president, and Margaret Elliot, College of Marin Foundation executive director, will be presenting the awards.
 
"Scholarships are funded by individuals, businesses and organizations throughout Marin County in order to support the dreams and efforts of students at the College of Marin," said Elliot.  
 
The College of Marin Foundation provided $431,340 in grants, scholarships and support for educational programs last year. Information about the College of Marin Foundation can be found at www.comf.org.

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